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Library and Archives

The Natural History Museum

The collections are divided between three libraries. Geological and mineralogical maps are located in the Earth Sciences Library. Vegetation maps are in the Botany Library. The General Library contains topographical maps.

Topographical and geological maps world-wide, with some vegetation, mineral and soil maps. Mostly 20th century, but some 19th century. Includes a collection of early geological maps.


Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD (Nearest underground station: South Kensington)

Main contact

Hellen Pethers

Telephone number

020 7942 5460 (Enquiry desk)

E-mail address
Opening hours

Tuesday to Thursday 1000-1600


Free. Reference only. By appointment only, eight working days' notice is required. Please identify items from the online collection search and email request. Two forms of formal ID required. Visit website for full membership details.


Self service copier for suitable material, USB book scanner and photography (no flash) is permitted.


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